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Chair DeFazio Statement from Hearing on Transportation and Infrastructure Needs on Tribal, Federal, and U.S. Territorial Lands

February 06, 2020

Washington, D.C. - The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) during today's hearing titled "Assessing the Transportation Needs of Tribes, Federal Land Management Agencies, and U.S. Territories." Thank you, Madam Chair, for holding this hearing today to examine the infrastructure needs of tribes, Federal Land Management Agencies, and U.S. territories. An assessment of the … Continue Reading


House Passes Bipartisan Bills from Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Sending Them to the Senate

February 05, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC- Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed six bills from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, including bipartisan legislation to reauthorize the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Estuary Program, and support restoration efforts in the Chesapeake Bay, the Great Lakes, and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin. "The Transportation and Infrastructure Committee has a long history of bipartisanship and I'm glad to see that pay off today with the … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Lipinski Statements from Hearing on Grade Crossing Safety

February 05, 2020

Washington, D.C. - The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and Chair of the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials Daniel Lipinski (D-IL) during today's hearing titled: "Tracking Toward Zero: Improving Grade Crossing Safety and Addressing Community Concerns." Chair DeFazio: Thank you, Chairman Lipinski and Ranking Member Crawford, for calling today's … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Responds to President Trump’s State of the Union Address

February 04, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump's State of the Union address: "Tonight, President Trump spent a great deal of time talking up the strength of the U.S. economy. It's true that CEOs and high-dollar donors, especially those hell-bent on gutting environmental protections, are doing better than ever under this administration. But President Trump barely … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Pallone, Neal Release $760 Billion Framework to Make Transformative Infrastructure Investments Across U.S.

January 29, 2020

Washington, DC - Today, the Chairs of three U.S. House Committees released a framework for a five-year, $760 billion investment in infrastructure that would address some of the country's most urgent infrastructure needs, from addressing the massive maintenance backlog, to designing safer streets, to putting the U.S. on a path toward zero emissions from the transportation sector and increasing resiliency. The framework put forth by Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Peter DeFazio … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Titus Statements from Hearing on GSA Outleases and the Trump Old Post Office Hotel

January 28, 2020

Washington, D.C. - The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and Chair of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Dina Titus (D-NV) during today's hearing titled: "GSA Outleases and the Trump Old Post Office Hotel." Chair DeFazio: Thank you, Chair Titus, and thank you, Administrator Murphy for making your first appearance before this … Continue Reading


Wicker, Cantwell, Other Leaders Raise Concerns About REAL ID Deadline

January 24, 2020

January 24, 2020 CONTACTS: Rick VanMeter (Wicker) 202-224-6965 Peter True (Cantwell) 202-224-4429 LINK Wicker, Cantwell, Other Leaders Raise Concerns About REAL ID Deadline WASHINGTON - Today, U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., chairman and ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, along with other leaders of committees of jurisdiction, sent a letter to Acting Secretary Chad Wolf of the U.S. Department … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Titus Announce Subcommittee Hearing on GSA Outleases and the Trump Old Post Office Hotel

January 24, 2020

Washington, DC- Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and Chair of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management Dina Titus (D-NV) announced the Subcommittee will hold a hearing titled, "GSA Outleases and the Trump Old Post Office Hotel." The purpose of the hearing is to examine the General Services Administration's (GSA) outleasing authorities and the potential sale of the Trump Old Post Office … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Napolitano Respond to Trump Administration’s Devastating Rollback of Clean Water Protections

January 23, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA) responded to the Trump Administration's announcement that it will rollback clean water protections included in the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) regulation. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's own documents, this rollback will eliminate clean water protections on … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio, Ranking Member Graves, joined by 36 Members of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Question FCC Plans that Undermine the Development and Deployment of Safety Critical Technology

January 22, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Sam Graves (R-MO), and 36 Members of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to raise serious concerns with the FCC's plan to redirect more than half the 5.9 GHz spectrum band. In December, the FCC proposed to reallocate more than … Continue Reading


On the Heels of the Trump Administration’s Attempt to Undermine One of the Nation’s Bedrock Environmental Laws, Chairs DeFazio, Grijalva, Ranking Member Carper, and 164 Members of Congress Press CEQ to Allow More Public Input

January 21, 2020

Washington, D.C.-Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chair of the House Committee on Natural Resources Raúl M. Grijalva (D-AZ), Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works Tom Carper (D-DE), along with 123 House Members and 41 Senators urged the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) to extend the public comment period for the Trump Administration's proposed rule to fundamentally re-write the National … Continue Reading


Committee Leaders Kick Off Bipartisan Development of WRDA 2020

January 17, 2020

Washington, D.C.- This week, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Sam Graves (R-MO), Chair of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Grace F. Napolitano (D-CA), and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment Bruce Westerman (R-AR) sent a letter to their colleagues urging them to finalize their priorities for the Water Resources … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Release Statements on Newly-Released Report on Certification Process for the Boeing 737 MAX

January 16, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) released the following statements regarding the newly-released report on the certification process for the Boeing 737 MAX. "Our Committee's investigation has already revealed multiple junctures at which the current certification process failed, and as I've made clear, I intend to propose legislative fixes to ensure safety … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Calls into Question Railroads Commitment to Combatting Climate Change

January 16, 2020

Washington, DC - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) sent a letter to the President and CEO of the Association of American Railroads (AAR) Ian Jeffries, asking for follow up after an article in The Atlantic. The article suggested AAR's commitment to combatting climate change is a farce and that in reality, AAR's members help finance campaigns to deny the realities of climate change. "The article indicates that the four largest Class I … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Larsen Statements from Hearing Titled “Oversight of Working Conditions for Airline Ground Workers”

January 15, 2020

Washington, D.C. - The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Aviation Rick Larsen (D-WA) during today's hearing titled: "Oversight of Working Conditions for Airline Ground Workers." Chair DeFazio: Thank you, Chair Larsen, for calling today's hearing on working conditions for the tens of thousands of employees who are intrinsic to the operations of an … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio, Maloney Statements from Hearing on Decarbonizing the Maritime Industry

January 14, 2020

Washington, D.C. - The following are opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, from Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR), and Chair of the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY) during today's hearing titled: "The Path to a Carbon-Free Maritime Industry: Investments and Innovation." Chair DeFazio: Thank you, Chairman Maloney, I commend you for taking up the topic of "green shipping" as the first … Continue Reading


Chairs DeFazio and Titus Call for Public Hearing on Trump Organization’s Potential Sale of Old Post Office Building Lease and GSA Stonewalling

January 10, 2020

DeFazio and Titus: "We have serious concerns that this potential sale could result in violations of the Emoluments Clauses, national security risks, and ethics questions." Washington, DC - Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Chair of the Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management Dina Titus (D-NV) will be inviting the General Services Administration (GSA) to testify at a public hearing about the … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio’s Statement on Newly-Released Boeing Emails

January 09, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Today, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Chair Peter DeFazio released the following statement after Boeing made new emails public which shed new light on Boeing's internal discussions regarding the design, development, and certification of the Boeing 737 MAX as well as problems with the 737 MAX simulators: "These newly-released emails are incredibly damning. They paint a deeply disturbing picture of the lengths Boeing was apparently willing to go to in … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Applauds T&I Member Effort on PFAS

January 09, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) offered his support for H.R. 535, the PFAS Action Act of 2019. This comprehensive legislation attempts to prevent or limit human and environmental exposure to per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) related chemicals from a variety of pathways, as well as spur the cleanup of PFAS-related contamination. These so-called "forever chemicals" because of their long-term persistence … Continue Reading


Chair DeFazio Reacts to Trump Administration’s Proposed Rule to Gut NEPA

January 09, 2020

Washington, D.C. - Today, Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio (D-OR) responded to the Trump Administration's decision to move forward with a rule to enable Federal agencies to no longer consider the environmental effects of infrastructure projects. "When tackling new and critical infrastructure projects across the country, we need to consider the impacts to our environment. Pretending like our climate isn't changing is reckless and costly. Today's … Continue Reading